Red epimedium, red barrenwort, bishop's hat

Epimedium × rubrum

Photo/Illustration: 
Saxon Holt
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Red epimedium, red barrenwort, bishop's hat (Epimedium × rubrum)
ep-ih-MEE-dee-um ex ROO-brum
Genus:  Epimedium

Early in the season, the thin, heart-shaped leaves of this plant have a red tinge, which turns to bronze in fall. Plant red epimedium along a path, where its delicate foliage and tiny spring flowers can be admired. -Marty Hair, Regional Picks: Upper Midwest, Fine Gardening issue #127

Care: 

Fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Cut back the old foliage in late winter.

Propagation: 

 By division.

Problems: 

No serious problems. 

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Edging,
Ground Covers
Style
Woodland Garden
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

Epimedium × rubrum